Muin Light: Mabon, C.E. 1999

Senior Druids Report

Mabon 1999

Fall is quickly approaching and the harvests are coming in. Members of the Folk harvested over 400 heads of Emmer wheat from the garden and will be planting it next year in the backfield. If all goes well next year, we should be able to make at least one loaf of bread for Lughnassadh from our own wheat.

Our festival, Muin Mound Madness IX, was a success, earning us over $1100. See a separate report on it below. With festival season winding down, our business meetings will be getting back on a more regular schedule. The next one will be on September 12, at 3:00 PM.

For those of you on the web, our web site has changed. Please change your bookmarks to http://home.twcny.rr.com/muinmoundgrove. I look forward to seeing you all at the Mabon Ritual on September 25.

Bright Blessings

Skip

Muin Mound Madness IX

This year's festival was a great success. We had about 40 people in attendance and raised over $1100 for the Grove. This year, the main purpose was to be a Leadership Retreat for ADF. We started Saturday with a Norse style ritual asking Tyr and Forsetti to guide us in our discussions. This was followed by a discussion of the options for a conflict resolution system to be used within ADF. After the discussion, we had time to play in the mud, (see below) thanks Janet!

After a potluck by the pool, we went back to the fields to enjoy a wonderful concert that started with Bloc O'Mahogany (our own band) and ended with Gypsy Red. This was followed by some great drumming and dancing around a large bonfire thanks Mique! It sounded a lot like the playing in the Roundhouse at Starwood!

Sunday began with a meeting on the status of ADF's Study Program. The Dedicant's Program (the first step in the Study Program) is well in place and there are people getting ready to finish it. There is now a Mentor program in place for people working through this section of the program. Several of the Guilds have finished the course list and resources for their part of the Study Program and are beginning to work on exit standards. Most of the General and Functional Requirements course lists and resources are completed and ready to have exit standards written for them. We should be on tract to accept people into the First Circle level by the first of next year.

Muin Mound Grove would like to extend its sincerest thanks to all that traveled here to take part in our festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Event

Date

Time

Comments

Business Meeting

9/12/99

3:00 PM

Normal business.

Mabon

9/25/99

8:00 PM

Fields will be open for camping. Please bring a dish to share.

Business Meeting

9/26/99

3:00 PM

Normal business.

Business Meeting

10/10/99

3:00 PM

Normal business.

Samhain

10/30/99

8:00 PM

Fields will be open for camping. Please bring a dish to share.

Business Meeting

10/31/99

3:00 PM

Normal business.

Business Meeting

11/11/99

1:00 PM

Normal business. (Note the change to Winter hours!)

Business meeting

11/28/99

1:00 PM

Normal business

Business meeting

12/5/99

1:00 PM

Normal business

Solstice Ball

12/10/99

???

We want to make this happen but need help. If you are interested in having a costume ball, please contact Phoenix at 682-7968.

Yule

12/18/99

6:00 PM

Please bring a dish to share.

Business meeting

12/19/99

1:00 PM

Normal business

Winter Solstice Ball

Just imagine a waltz with a winged fairy, a dip from a dapper Druid, or a midnight kiss from a warrior dressed to the nines. Can you see the dance floor full of swirling colors, bright smiles, laughter all warmed by the candles glow? Let the music flow over you as you sample the fine hors d'oeuvres, as you watch friends and loved ones have a night filled with music and magic.

I can see it all. The costumed party goes whirling to the sounds of crystalline music, softly lit by the candle flames. The music stops as a bell tolls and a ritual begins. A rich blend of all of our traditions and music. Let it be a blessing and a re-lighting of our Pagan community's flame.

Now it is just a dream and it needs you to be a reality. We still need help with ALL areas of planning and organization. If you have any ideas or just want to help, do call (315) 682-7968 and ask to speak with Phoenix. Or leave a message and all calls will be returned.

Bright Blessings

Phoenix

 

As always, we welcome your contributions: stories, articles, artwork, poems...whatever your creativity brings to mind. You can get them to us by mailing to MUIN MOUND GROVE, ADF, PO Box 592, East Syracuse, NY 13057-0592 or via e-mail at sellison@twcny.rr.com.

Up to the minute information about the Grove can always be found on our web site at:

http://home.twcny.rr.com/muinmoundgrove

Need to contact the Grove directly? For more information, call 656-8681.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muin Mound Grove, ADF

Pursewarden Report - 3/1/99 to 9/1/99

Date

Acct

Description

Memo

Amount

BALANCE 2/28/99

650.56

3/30/99

Building Fund Savings

From DC Petty Cash

251.81

4/12/99

Building Fund Savings

From DC Petty Cash

34.00

4/30/99

Building Fund Savings

Interest

0.52

5/31/99

Building Fund Savings

Interest

0.53

6/7/99

Building Fund Savings

From DC Petty Cash

44.05

6/30/99

Building Fund Savings

Interest

0.57

7/31/99

Building Fund Savings

Interest

0.61

8/23/99

Building Fund Savings

Lughnassadh donation

6.65

9/1/99

Sub-Total Building Fund Savings Balance

338.74

3/30/99

Checking

From Petty Cash

369.10

4/16/99

Checking

US Postal Service

Newsletter stamps

-19.80

4/23/99

Checking

US Postal Service

PO Box rental

-44.00

5/15/99

Checking

Home Depot

Lumber for stage

-105.18

6/7/99

Checking

US Postal Service

4 books stamps

-26.40

6/21/99

Checking

Office Max

Deposit stamp

-7.99

8/15/99

Checking

Home Depot

Electrical supplies

-68.75

8/21/99

Checking

Gypsy Red

Band for MMM9

-100.00

8/23/99

Checking

Proceeds from MMM9

1,005.00

9/1/99

Sub-Total Checking Balance

1,001.98

3/3/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

At 7 rays donations

28.00

3/30/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

To savings

-251.81

4/7/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

At 7 rays donations

34.00

4/12/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

To savings

-34.00

5/1/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

Donation

1.55

5/1/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

At 7 rays donations

20.00

6/2/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

At 7 rays donations

22.50

6/7/99

Drum Circle Petty Cash

To savings

-44.05

9/1/99

Sub-Total Drum Circle Petty Cash Balance

30.00

3/7/99

Petty Cash

Late payment MMM8

70.00

3/20/99

Petty Cash

Wal Mart

Pots & potting soil

-5.28

3/22/99

Petty Cash

Wal Mart

Tiki torches

-42.37

3/30/99

Petty Cash

To checking

-369.10

5/12/99

Petty Cash

Pat Trepasso

Chocolate to raffle

-20.00

6/19/99

Petty Cash

Summer Solstice

4.60

7/2/99

Petty Cash

Jim Hugunin

Towards festival MMM

15.00

7/26/99

Petty Cash

Proceeds raffle

29.00

7/29/99

Petty Cash

Oil for rituals

-16.45

8/19/99

Petty Cash

Kerosene for MMM 9

-12.44

8/22/99

Petty Cash

From MMM 9 bottles

16.55

9/1/99

Sub-Total Petty Cash Balance

66.26

TOTAL INCOME & EXPENSES 3/1/99 - 9/1/99

786.42

BALANCE 9/1/99

1,436.98

THE POWER OF CHI-PART FIVE
by Keith "Rhino" Veeder

Feng Shui

The practice of feng shui (literally "wind/water"), or Chinese Earth magick is part of the concept of all parts of the universe being connected in some subtle and mysterious way. This idea follows in part the famous "chaos theory", which makes the assertion that the flapping of a butterfly's wings somewhere in the Amazon forest could initiate a direct effect on seismological movement in another part of the planet. According to feng shui practitioners, everything animate and inanimate breathe inward and outward constantly, affecting each other, and themselves being affected, not only by their own breathing actions, but by the very cosmos itself.

Thus, feng shui experts are called in whenever a new building is to be constructed, a roadway is to be designed, a new business commenced, or a couple is preparing for marriage. They will help to choose the most appropriate site, usually where the dragon or ley lines (I have also heard them called paths or roads) conjunct harmoniously, or set the date, when, according to the feng shui master's calculations, all the forces of Heaven and Earth will be at their most beneficial. The feng shui geomancy expert can map both the chi currents in the human body and and the chi currents flowing through any particular area on the Earth's surface, and match these up with such other essential data as contained in astrological charts and the like. The invisible chi currents of the Earth are known as "dragon's veins" and are determined not only by the position of sea, river, mountain, or valley, but by the positions of the stars in the sky at any given moment in time.

These chi flow currents can be either yin or yang in nature, and can change from one to another, from time to time. If a proposed building site is considered to be placed in a position generating unfavorable chi, construction may be delayed months, even years, until the chi current changes to a more favorable aspect. Above and below ground water courses are natural carriers of chi, and it is sometimes advised that a river or canal be altered, sometimes only very slightly, to take advantage of "good chi" vibrations. To put a more local spin on this, The Seven Rays Bookstore recently rearranged their entire store, based on feng shui. Also, when Skip made a few modifications to the Nemeton, including a bridge, the water seemed to flow easier under the bridge, and I noticed a change in the chi current there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election of Officers

Members of the Folk of the Grove and the National Members gathered after the Lughnassadh Ritual to fill a vacancy in the Officer's of the Grove. Amanda Burdic was unanimously elected to the position of Scribe. Congratulations!

 

Bylaw Changes

This was a major year for Muin Mound Grove. This Lughnassadh was our NINTH (9th) year in existence. The members of the Folk of the Grove met at a Grove Intensive in June and reviewed our bylaws. After some discussion we decided to make several necessary changes. A copy of our current bylaws are found at: bylaws.htm